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					                                   LinkedIn
                                   Basics
                                   Level 1 & 2
                                   Manual




LinkedIn Basics: Level 1 & 2
Rev 03/2011
Amber Slaven <adslaven@kcls.org>
                                                LinkedIn Basics: Level 1 & 2

Contents
Signing in to Library Computers .................................................................................................................... 2
Level 1 ........................................................................................................................................................... 2
Creating an account ...................................................................................................................................... 2
Customizing Your Profile ............................................................................................................................... 3
Uploading a Photo to Your Profile ................................................................................................................ 3
Settings.......................................................................................................................................................... 4
Privacy Settings ............................................................................................................................................. 4
   Connections Browse ................................................................................................................................. 4
   Profile Views ............................................................................................................................................. 4
   Profile and Status Updates ....................................................................................................................... 4
Connecting .................................................................................................................................................... 5
   People search ............................................................................................................................................ 5
   Add a Connection ...................................................................................................................................... 5
KCLS Resources ............................................................................................................................................. 6
Level 2 ........................................................................................................................................................... 6
   Increase your visibility and connectability ................................................................................................ 6
   Job Search ................................................................................................................................................. 6
   Group search ............................................................................................................................................. 6
   Research companies and titles ................................................................................................................. 7
   Answers ..................................................................................................................................................... 8
   Help Center ............................................................................................................................................... 8
   KCLS Resources ......................................................................................................................................... 8




1|LinkedIn Basics: Level 1 & 2
Signing in to Library Computers
King County Library System provides computers for public use for activities such as surfing the
web, requesting library materials, communicating by email, and performing word processing.
Computer use in the library does require a library card. For personal use, sign in using your
library card bar code and PIN (personal identification number).

In a computer class, use the following codes:

627837

1212

Be sure to choose Some Filtering (email OK).


                                               Level 1


Creating an account
As opposed to Facebook, which is primarily used for social-networking, LinkedIn is a site used for
professional networking and recruitment. You can establish a list of connections of professional contacts
and share your resume and professional experience.

    1. In the address bar, type www.linkedin.com.
    2. Fill out the Join LinkedIn Today form.
    3. Fill out your contact and professional information and click
       Create My Profile.
    4. You can choose to search your email contacts and
       automatically send invites to people in your email account.
       You will have to give your email address and password to
       do so; let’s Skip this step for now (you can come back to it
       later if you want).
    5. A confirmation email will be sent to your address;
       you will have to open a new tab and visit your email
       to find the confirmation. Your instructor will assist
       with the next steps.




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Customizing Your Profile
   1. Once you have logged in to LinkedIn with your email
      and password (the one specific to LinkedIn), you can
      customize your profile. Note the tabs on the
      homepage. Find Profile and hover to click Edit Profile.
   2. You can click on the Add…links to add information
      and/or click edit to change information. Start simple.
      You can modify and expand later.




Uploading a Photo to Your Profile
You can add a photo to personalize your profile. Remember, the
purpose of LinkedIn is professional networking. You may want to save
your hot dog eating contest picture for Facebook!

   1. Click Profile tab.
   2. Click Add a Photo
   3. Now click Browse (this will browse files on your computer or
      removable storage device).
   4. Click Upload Photo to confirm.
   5. Save Photo.




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Settings
You can click the small arrow to the right of your name (upper right corner of the screen) to access
Settings, including Profile Settings, Personal Information, and Privacy Settings. You should probably pay
attention to Privacy Settings first; explore the others later.


Privacy Settings

Connections Browse
This setting allows you to adjust whether or not you want your connections (that’s only the people you
have agreed to add) to see who else you’re connected to. Consider your comfort level, but also keep in
mind that LinkedIn is all about connections, so the more you see, the more information potential clients
and employers can see.

Choose either:




Profile Views
You can choose what other users will see when you view their profile:

        My name and headline,
        My anonymous profile characteristics, such as industry and title, or
        Nothing. I will be completely invisible to users I have viewed.



Profile and Status
Updates
Straight from LinkedIn: “When
you update your status, make
significant changes to your
profile, recommend people and
services, or follow companies,
LinkedIn can automatically
notify your connections and
show the update on your
company's profile.”




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If you are just getting started, No might be the best option so your connections are not notified every
time you make a change. You can adjust any of these settings at any time.


Connecting
LinkedIn is all about connections! There are many ways you can find people to be connected to your
profile.

People search
Select People
from the search
box and enter a
name.

Each result has
several options you can click on.




Add a Connection
You can add connections without using the See Who You May Already Know feature on LinkedIn. This
feature allows LinkedIn to access your email contacts; you may or may not feel comfortable doing this.
Either way, you can add connections in other ways.

    1. Note the tabs on the homepage. Find Contacts and hover to click Add Connections.
    2. You can enter individual email addresses in the Enter Email
       Addresses box (separate by commas).
    3. Explore the tabs: Colleagues, Classmates, People You May Know
       (these results are based on information you have provided in
       your profile).

    TIPS:
        Make sure you know the people you are sending connection
        invitations to. Otherwise, the recipient can click “I don’t know this person.” If you get too many
        of these, LinkedIn will block your connecting.
        Avoid generic wording when sending invites. Make it personal and brief!




5|LinkedIn Basics: Level 1 & 2
KCLS Resources
InfoBiz provides information and video tutorials for starting or
growing a small business, accounting and financial projections, legal
and tax topics…and more!

Click Research and Homework and find InfoBiz. Or enter this website address:
http://www.kcls.org/infobiz/

Adult Career Center provides one-on-one, real-time assistance with resumes and cover letters,
interview preparation or proof reading documents. Professional tutors are available online from 2pm-
Midnight, 7 days a week.

Click Research and Homework and find Adult Career Center. You’ll need a library card number and PIN
to log in outside of the library.

                                                Level 2
You have a LinkedIn profile and have made some connections. What next? Visit www.linkedin.com and
sign in to your account using your email address and LinkedIn password.

Increase your visibility and connectability
 As you establish connections, watch your network grow exponentially! Also, complete your profile by
adding past jobs, affiliations, associations, and schools (see pg. 3 “Customize Your Profile”). Find Profile
and hover to click Edit Profile. You can also include key search words in the “specialties” section of your
“Summary.”


Job Search
Select Jobs from the search box and enter a title.

    1. For example, try “Staffing Coordinator” and see what
       companies have jobs posted with that title.
    2. The listing tells you how many people (if any) in your network
       work at a listed company. These people aren’t necessarily
       connections, but may be connected to your connections.
       Click the number to see who! Scroll down to see exactly how
       you are connected.
    3. Click on one of the openings and read the description. Often
       you have to go to the company’s website to apply.




6|LinkedIn Basics: Level 1 & 2
Group search
Participating in LinkedIn Groups keeps you informed, introduces you to new connections, and allows you
to participate in discussions.

    1. Select Groups from the search box and
       type a keyword. For example, try
       “administrative assistants” and investigate
       the results.
    2. Each group will allow you to look at
       Similar Groups or Join. Click Join Group if
       you want to be a member and potentially participate in
       discussions.
    3. This group will be added to your profile, but you can edit the
       settings (Profile Edit Profile).

    TIPS:
            Try a search for Seattle in the Groups search box.
            Linked:Seattle will likely be there first result; it is a great group to get started with.
            It helps to choose groups with larger numbers (more than 500). In general, these groups are
            more active, have more interesting discussions, and offer greater networking opportunities.

Research companies and titles
You can use LinkedIn to research companies and other people with job titles of interest. For example,
let’s say I have an interview for a job at Expedia in a Recruiting position. First, you may need to go to
LinkedIn Home to find Advanced.

    1. Click Advanced (near search box, upper right corner)—Make
       sure to select People.
    2. Trying filling in the following (or another search if you want):
       Title: Recruiting, Company: Expedia.




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    3. Now, you can research others who have held that position and see if you are connected.

Using the Companies option in search, you can find out more about a place, see if jobs are available, and
look at people who work there.

    1. Try a search for a company, like “Road Runner Sports” and hit enter on the keyboard.




    2. You can see how many employees work for the company, its primary location, and you could
       “Follow Company” to keep up with their updates.




    3. Click the name of the company for even more info.

Answers
This section allows users to post and answer business related
questions.

    1. Select Answers from the search box and type a keyword.
       For example, perhaps you are interested in using Wordpress to start a website to promote
       yourself.
    2. Type Wordpress in the box and hit enter.
    3. Now read through the questions or post your own.

Or, you can go directly to Answers by typing linkedin.com/answers in the website address line.

You can ask a question in the bubble, or browse various categories on the right hand side of the screen.

Help Center
Visit https://help.linkedin.com/ or find Help Center in the bottom left corner of each page. Type in
questions or keywords or search the topics.

KCLS Resources
See page 6 to learn about InfoBiz and the Adult Career Center.




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